Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant: An Easter-Inspired Tale


My Featured Blogger this week is Melissa Younger of Classic Reads, a site dedicated to introducing (or, in my case reintroducing) people to literary gems. I only recently discovered Melissa’s site, and am so glad I did!

The moment I read Melissa’s current post an old nightlight relit. I listened many times when I was young to a recording of Oscar Wilde’s sentimental children’s tale “The Selfish Giant,” but had long ago forgotten about it. How could I have? And now, once again, like the Giant, I have a melted heart. Is it corny? Yes. Is it wonderful? Yes. It’s also allegorical, so make sure to look beneath the story’s themes of kindness and redemption for their beautiful underlying roots.

Classic Reads

I wanted to share a story that surprised and touched me. I love Oscar Wilde’s writings, from “The Importance of Being Earnest” to “The Picture of Dorian Gray.”

But did you know he wrote a beautiful children’s story?

Here is The Selfish Giant. There are many illustrated and video versions of this story. I think the connections to the story of Good Friday and Easter speak for themselves. I hope you enjoy! (taken from http://www.inf.fu-berlin.de/lehre/pmo/eng/Wilde-Giant.pdf)

Audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EYXhez0PhY

Animation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jtLTS7T8cc

The Selfish Giant
Oscar Wilde

Every afternoon, as they were coming from school, the children used to go and play in the Giant’s garden.
It was a large lovely garden, with soft green grass. Here and there over the grass stood beautiful flowers like
stars, and there were twelve peach-trees that in the spring-time broke out into delicate blossoms of pink and
pearl, and in the autumn bore rich fruit…

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5 Responses to Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant: An Easter-Inspired Tale

  1. I actually also blogged about this story towards the end of the last year. It is one of my favourites from childhood – and as an adult? I have only appreciated it more. I read it regularly to my children when they were younger too.
    Melts my heart every time too. ❤

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  2. gpavants says:


    Awesome story. I first read that in The Book of Virtues. Wonderful entry to the Gospel. It’s great to know how deep literary missionaries get and who shared their faith through classic writing.



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  3. Jennie says:

    I haven’t read this story in ages. It’s a good one. Thanks!

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  4. One of my favorites. No matter how many times I read it, the ending always brings me to tears.

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